The Washington Mystics have traded guard Katie Smith and acquired guard Jasmine Thomas from the Seattle Storm in a three-team deal. The Mystics also get Seattles 2012 first round pick and the Indiana Fever’s 2012 third round pick. Thomas returns home to the Washington area, where she was a three-time All-Met and the 2007 All-Met Player of the Year at Oakton High.
From the news release:
The Seattle Storm acquired guard Katie Smith, center Jacinta Monroe and Indiana‘s 2012 second round pick while the Fever received guard Erin Phillips and Seattle’s 2012 third round pick.
“I am very pleased to have Jasmine join the Washington Mystics organization,” said [General Manager and Coach Trudi] Lacey. “She is an athletic point guard who can pressure the ball and offensively can create her own shot. She is the ultimate team player and she will complement an already talented back court. We look forward to an exciting 2011 season.”
A 5-9 guard from Duke University, Thomas was selected in the first round (12th overall) in this year’s draft. She concluded a stellar collegiate season with numerous honors including 2010-11 ACC Tournament MVP, All-ACC First Team, All-ACC Defensive Team and Full Court Press ACC Player of the Year. She was also named to the 2011 All-ACC Academic Team. Thomas’ career averages at Duke included 12.3 points, 3.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game. She is only the eighth player in Duke history to register over 1,000 points, 300 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals and one of only two players to ever post 100 or more steals in a single season.
A three-time Olympian, Smith signed with the Mystics as a free agent prior to the 2010 season. Her season averages included 9.5 points, 2.6 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game. Monroe was selected sixth overall in the 2010 WNBA draft. She appeared in 17 games and averaged 2.1 points per game.